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The Commonwealth changes the rules

In 2007, the Commonweath Heads of Government changed the rules providing that “when an existing member changes its formal constitutional status, it should not have to reapply for Commonwealth membership provided that  it continues to meet all the criteria for membership.” 

This of course was an acknowledgement that, until then, change from a Realm to a republic had to be placed before all the members, any one of whom could have objected.

The change may not be as effective as the Heads of Government intended. 

Much will depend on the interpretation of the proviso, “provided that  it continues to meet all the criteria for membership.”   And who is to interpret that?  The inescapable conclusion is that it is for each member of the Commonwealth to interpret.

If this had been in force in the past, the result would probably have been the same.


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